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(NEW YORK) — Most railroads will miss a deadline to implement changes meant to prevent over-speed derailments, according to a new report from the Federal Railroad Administration.

Congress mandated the implementation of Positive Train Control in 2008, with a deadline for implementation on December 31, 2015. The latest, FRA Status Report, however, found that seven years later, and despite significant aid from the agency, most railroads will not complete implementation by then.

“To date, FRA has received thee of 38 required PTC safety plans,” the report reads. “Despite FRA’s actions to inform and assist railroads in collecting this data…some railroads have not provided complete information or stepped up efforts to comply with the end-of-year implementation deadline.”

Amtrak has said that it will have the newest technology on its Northeast Corridor branch by the deadline. Still, Amtrak CEO Joseph Boardman told ABC News in June that there had been “some difficulties for them to get all their acts together. They’re all independent companies. They all have a different idea of what they should do.”

The American Public Transporation Association says that just 29 percent of commuter railroads are targeting complete installation by the deadline.

The FRA expects full implementation to actually be completed by 2020.

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